7 Autumn photo ideas

1. Shoot into the sun

Get the low sun behind the leaves for a back-lit pop. If your images are coming out too dark, use the exposure compensation dial to add 1 to 2 stops of over exposure.

To get a star-shaped sunflare make sure the lens is reflecting the sun (but don’t look at the sun — you risk damaging your eyes). Use a small aperture (eg. f16 or f22) for more of a burst.

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2. Just two colours

Create eye-catching images by limiting your palette to just 2 colours:


3. Leaves on the ground.

A classic autumn shot - look down with your camera and see what's underfoot:


4. Look up

Now turn the camera skywards:


5. Include people

People add interest, context and they can kick leaves while you work the camera. To freeze the leaves being tossed, use shutter priority mode and select a shutter speed of 1/250th or faster. To add a bit of blur, try 1/60th. (If you need help with these settings join my beginner’s workshop — we cover shutter speed in week three).

6. Frost

Get out before the first rays of sun hit the ground for some crisp, seasonal shots:


7. Macro

If you have a macro lens, or macro mode on your camera, get up close and show the details. Use a tripod (or pile of books) and self timer if the light is low and you need a longer shutter speed:


Bonus idea

Have you heard of Prisma app? I believe it’s the most fun you can have with your phone, and leaf shots make perfect subjects.



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